Saturday, September 25, 2010

Welcome back the Takacs Quartet!

The superlative musicians of the Grammy Award-winning TAKACS QUARTET are back at Spivey Hall tonight (Saturday, Sept 25 '10) to open our Twentieth Anniversary Season, in a program that culminates with Franz Schubert's lyrical and dramatic "Death and the Maiden" String Quartet. The Takacs Quartet is truly a favorite ensemble of Spivey Hall music-lovers, and we are delighted to welcome them back. The concert begins at 8:15 PM, and some good seats are still available, either online at, or by calling the Box Office at (678) 466-4200 from 7:15 PM onward.

Prior to the concert, Clayton State University music faculty professor Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller will speak about the program,which includes the third of Franz Joseph Haydn's "Apponyi" Quartets (the Takacs have been playing them, and their new CD recording is due out soon; we'll have recent Takacs CDs issued by the Hyperion label for sale at tonight's concert). This free pre-concert talk begins at 7:15 PM in Room 157 of the Music Education Building, adjacent to Spivey Hall, and reachable via Spivey Hall's lower lobby.

Following the concert, we celebrate the return of the Takacs Quartet and the beginning of what promises to be an extraordinary Twentieth Anniversary Season. I wish to express my deep and abiding gratitude for the loyalty of our subscribers and the generosity of our donors, and especially this evening's Friends of Spivey Hall Concert Sponsor, Mr. Richard F. Tigner, for making a critical difference in sustaining the artistic excellence of Spivey Hall's programming. Thank you!!

The entire audience is warmly invited to join the musicians, members of the Atlanta consular corps, and special guests at a reception in the lobby immediately following the concert. The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Hungary joins the Friends of Spivey Hall in hosting this reception, and Spivey Hall extends its warm thanks to the Honorary Hungarian Consul, Mr. John F. Parkerson, Jr., for his gracious collaboration in welcoming the Takacs Quartet back to Spivey Hall.

Last fall, we surveyed many of our patrons, and one of the things they asked for was better signage on campus -- it seems that finding Spivey Hall can pose a challenge, especially at night. We have duly taken note! Patrons arriving this evening (and for future concerts) will see signs indicating critical turns on campus, and indications of Spivey Hall parking areas. We hope this will make a positive difference in making patrons' experience at Spivey Hall a more enjoyable one.

Summer is over, fall is here. Bring on the music!



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